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Planning My choices; FA + Qbooks and Qbanks

Hey Guys,

I have a quick question if I may

I bought First Aid 2012 for step 1

I heard about First Aid Cases and First Aid Q&A are they good ? and are They better than Kaplan Qbook ?

I'm also planning on doing Kaplan Qbank and after that USMLE World and then revise both and Finally all the NBMEs.... what do you think ?

Also about the Pathology am planning on doing Kaplan and Goljan at the same time how about that ?

Thanx in advance
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The FA Cases book was a great way to get an overview of a topic before delving more deeply into it during 1st/2nd year. But if I used it now, it would just be a waste of time because it's too basic.

The FA Q&A book is great. It's basically just 1000 questions taken from the USMLERx Qbank. The idea is similar to the Kaplan Qbook... if I had to choose one, I'd probably use FA. Especially because you're already paying for the Kaplan Qbank, so the Kaplan Qbook will have a lot of the same questions.
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That's a very ambitious plan! If you can do it all, I am sure that you'll have covered everything. I don't think you need to do all the NBMEs - they are more for testing where you are than for learning. Just the later ones, officially scored online versions, every four weeks or so before your exam should be fine. First Aid Q&A was decent, the explanations are much shorter than Kaplan (and obviously much less expensive than the Qbank), though Kaplan has many more questions. If you are going to do the Qbank, don't get the Qbook. If you can only afford one Qbank, UWorld is the way to go, so you could do Q&A (which goes by discipline) and then UWorld random blocks. If you have enough time and money, then Kaplan Qbank by discipline then UWorld random blocks is a good route. I don't think you need to read Goljan RR Path straight through, just look stuff up in it that you weren't sure about on a qbank question - if both Kaplan Qbank and UWorld did not think something was worth testing, it is very unlikely that USMLE will want to test on it. Good luck!
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The FA Cases book was a great way to get an overview of a topic before delving more deeply into it during 1st/2nd year. But if I used it now, it would just be a waste of time because it's too basic.

The FA Q&A book is great. It's basically just 1000 questions taken from the USMLERx Qbank. The idea is similar to the Kaplan Qbook... if I had to choose one, I'd probably use FA. Especially because you're already paying for the Kaplan Qbank, so the Kaplan Qbook will have a lot of the same questions.
thanx for replying .. i thought cases where kindda essential so thanx for clearing that up , so helpful

as for replacing kaplan qbook with FA q book ... i already bought kaplan qbook do u think FA Q book is so worth it that i should ditch kaplan qbook ?


thanx again
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I would check this page
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That's a very ambitious plan! If you can do it all, I am sure that you'll have covered everything.
Thanx this really puts me to ease

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I don't think you need to do all the NBMEs - they are more for testing where you are than for learning. Just the later ones, officially scored online versions, every four weeks or so before your exam should be fine.
as for the NBME thanx for clearing this up, ok i'll use it for testing but is there differences between each forum ? and what do u suggest for me to take last before the exam as to see where i exactly am ?

i thought doing all of them would make me ready for the exam and it would help to make doing the real exam a peace of cake [situation wise]

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First Aid Q&A was decent, the explanations are much shorter than Kaplan (and obviously much less expensive than the Qbank), though Kaplan has many more questions.
i'm going to do the Qbank both kaplan and uworld cause obviously they are IMPORTANT [BTW i read something about taking uworld before kaplan qbank what do u think]

but i wanted to do a Qbook with my First reading to help me solidify the info and to make it easier to understand\memorize in each day

and so here arises my Q which book is better FA or kaplan Q book in serving my goal ?

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If you are going to do the Qbank, don't get the Qbook. If you can only afford one Qbank, UWorld is the way to go, so you could do Q&A (which goes by discipline) and then UWorld random blocks. If you have enough time and money, then Kaplan Qbank by discipline then UWorld random blocks is a good route.
what's Discipline is that like doing subject based Qs ?

and what's the good thing about random blocks ?

and if you could elaborate this point that would be extremely helpful

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I don't think you need to read Goljan RR Path straight through, just look stuff up in it that you weren't sure about on a qbank question
Will do.

i think your way is the best to go

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- if both Kaplan Qbank and UWorld did not think something was worth testing, it is very unlikely that USMLE will want to test on it. Good luck!
Noted .. thank you so much and sorry for the too many Qs and the quotes i think your points are so precious and useful and so do all the others that kindly reply to my Qs , bare with me
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I would check this page
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thanx dawkter for the guidance will do
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..as for the NBME thanx for clearing this up, ok i'll use it for testing but is there differences between each forum ? and what do u suggest for me to take last before the exam as to see where i exactly am?
The latest forms are probably the best - I think there are a lot of posts on the forum about which ones are the most predictive, but I'd probably go for forms 11 (3 months before the test), 12 (seven weeks before the test), and 13 (three weeks before the test). If you aren't at a score you can accept by three weeks before the test, then you should reschedule.

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BTW I read something about taking uworld before kaplan qbank what do you think?
I think that Kaplan is good to do subject-wise while you're reviewing those subjects. UWorld is more like the real test, so I think it's better to do that in a way more like the test.

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I'm going to do the Qbank both kaplan and uworld because obviously they are IMPORTANT [...] but i wanted to do a Qbook with my First reading to help me solidify the info and to make it easier to understand\memorize in each day and so here arises my Q which book is better FA or kaplan Q book in serving my goal ?
I liked FA Q&A. If you are already going to do Kaplan Qbank, then don't bother with the Qbook. Sell your copy or give it away (or use it instead of buying the online Qbank - you can save yourself some money!).

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what's Discipline is that like doing subject-based Qs ?
Exactly; same thing.

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and what's the good thing about random blocks ?
Going through subject-wise is not how the actual exam works. You will be informed by the questions you just did, and your score will be artificially high. This doesn't matter when you're first revising the material (which you'll be doing subject-wise anyway), but you will want your practice to be similar to the real exam the second time around, so your mind can get used to skipping around and trying to find patterns between questions.

Hope that helps. Happy studying!
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Mondoshawan thanks for the advice!!! It's really helpful.

My opinion to Kam G is to do as much stuff as he can handle (and pay of course). For example do both FA Q&A and Kaplan Qbook. Also both Kaplan QBank and UW, and as much NBMEs as possible.

But i have a couple of questions too:

1. Is it ok to do all the NBMEs in the last month of prep (almost back to back) and not during studying as you proposed (3 monthns before, 12 weeks before etc.)?
2. As far as the Q banks and Qbooks are concerned, in which order should the be done? (Kaplan Qbook->FA or vice versa and Kaplan Qbank->UW or vice versa). Also, should there be a time interval between the two qbanks or should they be done back to back too?

Sorry for the long questions but i would really appreciate any answer!!!
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Mondoshawan thanks for the advice!!! It's really helpful.

My opinion to Kam G is to do as much stuff as he can handle (and pay of course). For example do both FA Q&A and Kaplan Qbook. Also both Kaplan QBank and UW, and as much NBMEs as possible.
Thanx man for the great advice
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The latest forms are probably the best - I think there are a lot of posts on the forum about which ones are the most predictive, but I'd probably go for forms 11 (3 months before the test), 12 (seven weeks before the test), and 13 (three weeks before the test). If you aren't at a score you can accept by three weeks before the test, then you should reschedule.


I think that Kaplan is good to do subject-wise while you're reviewing those subjects. UWorld is more like the real test, so I think it's better to do that in a way more like the test.


I liked FA Q&A. If you are already going to do Kaplan Qbank, then don't bother with the Qbook. Sell your copy or give it away (or use it instead of buying the online Qbank - you can save yourself some money!).


Exactly; same thing.


Going through subject-wise is not how the actual exam works. You will be informed by the questions you just did, and your score will be artificially high. This doesn't matter when you're first revising the material (which you'll be doing subject-wise anyway), but you will want your practice to be similar to the real exam the second time around, so your mind can get used to skipping around and trying to find patterns between questions.

Hope that helps. Happy studying!

Thank you so much mondoshawan your advices and knowledge are so precious it's useful for me and am sure for many others

thanx again
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Is it ok to do all the NBMEs in the last month of prep (almost back to back) and not during studying as you proposed (3 monthns before, 12 weeks before etc.)?
I guess that would give you a super-accurate picture of how prepared you were The good thing about doing some earlier is that you can use each NBME to direct your next few weeks of studying (i.e. "Wow, I really need to go over biostatistics and pharmacology again, I didn't do so well in those", then see where you are after the next NBME). I found that helpful, anyway!
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Mondoshawan i see your point...

Any answer for my second question?
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...Any answer for my second question?
I don't know which book is better to do first; I'm not sure that it matters (I actually did FA Q&A and Kaplan at the same time, and with friends, but everyone comes from a different study background with different preferences). I would recommend doing UWorld last and in blocks of random questions, since it's the qbank that most resembles the actual Step...
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